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Red Bulls sell star defender Michael Murillo to Anderlecht

Fri, 6 Dec 2019 10:35:00 GMT

After Alan Pulido confirms his departure from Chivas, Herc Gomez assesses where his most likely destination is. The New York Red Bulls have sold Panama international right-back Michael Amir Murillo to Belgian side RSC Anderlecht, the club announced on Friday. The details of the deal have not been disclosed. MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Stream out-of-market games on ESPN+, as well as MLS debate on FC TV MLS Cup playoffs 2019: Who is in? When do they play? - FC TV: MLS debate on ESPN+ - Upcoming MLS fixtures - All the latest MLS news "We thank Amir for his contributions to our club over the last three years," said Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett. "Amir has continued to grow as a player and person since he joined us as a 20-year-old, and we wish him the best of luck in Europe." Hamlett added: "The allocation...

MLS commissioner Don Garber on Charlotte expansion: No deal yet

Thu, 5 Dec 2019 04:39:00 GMT

After Alan Pulido confirms his departure from Chivas, Herc Gomez assesses where his most likely destination is. Ale Moreno explains why he doesn't believe 31 year old Chicharito should be the face of an MLS team. Alejandro Moreno questions whether Luis Suarez has enough left in the tank to be the star-man for Inter Miami. Major League Soccer will try to reach an agreement for its 30th team to be Charlotte, North Carolina, which could start play as soon as 2021. Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper made a presentation to MLS owners Thursday when they met in a hotel near the Brooklyn Bridge. Tepper would own the team, which would play at Bank of America Stadium, home of his NFL franchise. MLS Commissioner Don Garber all but confirmed the expansion fee will be $300 million. "The MLS board authorized the MLS expansion...

Inter Miami, Nashville SC learn first Major League Soccer opponents

Thu, 5 Dec 2019 02:03:00 GMT

Alejandro Moreno questions whether Luis Suarez has enough left in the tank to be the star-man for Inter Miami. Major League Soccer announced its list of opening day fixtures for the 2020 season with expansion teams Nashville SC and Inter Miami learning their first regular season opponents. David Beckham's Inter Miami will play away to 2019 Supporters' Shield winners LAFC while Nashville hosts 2018 MLS Cup champions Atlanta United. The league is breaking away from soccer's tradition of having each team play every opponent as it grows to 26 franchises with the additions of Miami and Nashville, but will keep...

Orlando City names Oscar Pareja as manager

Wed, 4 Dec 2019 08:05:00 GMT

After Alan Pulido confirms his departure from Chivas, Herc Gomez assesses where his most likely destination is. Oscar Pareja is Orlando City's new manager, the team announced on Wednesday. The hire has been widely expected for some time after Pareja was recently dismissed by Liga MX side Tijuana. His previous association with Orlando EVP of Soccer Operations, Luiz Muzzi, played a key role as well. The two worked closely together at FC Dallas when Pareja was manager and Muzzi was the assistant technical director under Fernando Clavijo, and later the VP of soccer operations. Pareja's task with Orlando...

Vancouver Whitecaps coach fined for MLS 'amateur' comments

Wed, 4 Dec 2019 01:01:00 GMT

Steve Nicol believes Whitecaps manager Marc Dos Santos was out of line calling MLS a "Mickey Mouse" league. Ale Moreno explains why he doesn't believe 31 year old Chicharito should be the face of an MLS team. Alejandro Moreno questions whether Luis Suarez has enough left in the tank to be the star-man for Inter Miami. Relive Bradley Wright-Phillips' memorable moments throughout the years with New York Red Bulls. Vancouver Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos has been fined for calling Major League Soccer "amateur." The comments were made in an interview with The Athletic and were in reference to the length of offseason MLS has in comparison with other major divisions around the world. "Players at the top level, they have three weeks, one month maximum, on break," Dos Santos said. "I'm telling you, three months and a half of a break in a soccer season is ... It's amateur. It doesn't happen in the world." The...

Ex-USMNT forward Juan Agudelo selected by Toronto FC in MLS Re-Entry Draft

Tue, 3 Dec 2019 01:41:00 GMT

Ale Moreno explains why he doesn't believe 31 year old Chicharito should be the face of an MLS team. Former U.S. international forward Juan Agudelo was one of two players chosen in Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, landing with Toronto FC. The other player selected was Seattle Sounders defender Saad Abdul-Salaam, who was snapped up by FC Cincinnati. The Re-Entry Draft is for those players whose contract has expired or whose option was not exercised by their previous club. Both Agudelo and Abdul-Salaam fell into the latter category, and will now enter into contract negotiations with their...

Real Salt Lake stays with Freddy Juarez as coach, Elliot Fall as GM

Tue, 3 Dec 2019 01:15:00 GMT

Ale Moreno explains why he doesn't believe 31 year old Chicharito should be the face of an MLS team. Landon Donovan fully supports the decision to have the MLS All-Stars face the best players in Liga MX. Freddy Juarez was named the permanent head coach at Real Salt Lake on Tuesday and Elliot Fall was officially handed the general manager position. Juarez, 41, was named RSL interim head coach in August after head coach Mike Petke was fired after a 9-9-3 start to the season and a two-week suspension for a homophobic slur toward an official after a July 24 Leagues Cup game. RSL went 7-4-2 under Juarez to earn a third seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The team was eliminated by eventual MLS...

MLS Hot Stove: Is Chicharito finally coming? Is Tyler Miller headed for Europe?

Tue, 3 Dec 2019 11:37:00 GMT

Ale Moreno explains why he doesn't believe 31 year old Chicharito should be the face of an MLS team. Alejandro Moreno questions whether Luis Suarez has enough left in the tank to be the star-man for Inter Miami. Nearly a month has passed since the Seattle Sounders' MLS Cup triumph, and while the city still may be working to remove Rave Green from any nook and cranny in town, teams around the league already have their sights firmly set on the 2020 season. As front offices discuss incomings and outgoings in hushed tones, we bring you the latest gossip from across Major League Soccer in this edition of the MLS Hot Stove. Cristian Espinoza to San Jose: 75% The 24-year-old winger made a splash in MLS...

Inter Miami agrees to deal with former Red Bulls GK Luis Robles

Mon, 2 Dec 2019 03:43:00 GMT

New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles tells Jon Champion about the difficult period between leaving the 2. Bundesliga and finding a home in MLS. Inter Miami and free agent goalkeeper Luis Robles have agreed to a contract, the expansion club announced on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed for Robles, who was named the Goalkeeper of the Year in 2015 as part of his eight-year MLS career with the New York Red Bulls. Robles earned $490,000 in base salary by posting a 13-14-6 record with nine shutouts in 33 appearances with the Red Bulls last season. The 35-year-old, who started an MLS record 183 consecutive starts between 2012 and...

David Beckham's Inter Miami CF, Nashville SC assigned to conferences by MLS

Mon, 2 Dec 2019 08:28:00 GMT

Alejandro Moreno questions whether Luis Suarez has enough left in the tank to be the star-man for Inter Miami. Ale Moreno chooses his top three targets for Inter Miami. Watch the full segment on ESPN FC's YouTube channel. MLS confirmed the conference designations for its 2020 expansion teams Monday, placing Inter Miami CF in the East and Nashville SC in the West. Both conferences have 13 members, and each team will continue to play a 34-game regular season with 17 home and 17 away matches. Every club will play its 12 intra-conference opponents twice (home and away) plus 10 games against members of the other conference. The full 2020 schedule will be released at a later date. Already at an all-time high with 26 members,...

Sergino Dest, Jordan Morris lead U.S.'s breakout stars in Gregg Berhalter's first year as manager

Mon, 2 Dec 2019 06:00:00 GMT

Sergino Dest emphasizes it was his decision alone to play with the USMNT over the Netherlands. Ajax full-back Sergino Dest announces he has decided to play for the United States over the Netherlands. It has been a year to the day since Gregg Berhalter was hired as manager of the U.S. men's national team. In 2019, the USMNT was largely treading water. In fact, its collective chin has inched dangerously close to the waterline at times. The victories were expected, especially considering the CONCACAF-heavy schedule and the fact that just two of the Americans' 18 games were held outside the United States. Yet the loss to Canada in October raised alarm bells, and fans are still waiting for a signature...

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez opens door to MLS move in future

Mon, 2 Dec 2019 03:41:15 GMT

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has one goal for Sevilla in La Liga. Mexico forward Javier Hernandez has refused to rule out playing in Major League Soccer later in his career. - When does the transfer window reopen? - All major completed transfer deals Hernandez -- also known as "Chicharito" -- moved to Sevilla in the summer following a spell in the Premier League with West Ham. "Yes, definitely," he told the LA Times when asked if he had thought about continuing his career in the U.S. "Look, I am always thinking about my future. I want to be as open as I can to...

MLS CBA: Will there be a work stoppage? And what do the league and players want?

Fri, 29 Nov 2019 07:20:00 GMT

During the MLS offseason, there will be countless discussions about player signings and trades. There will be various drafts and other roster maneuverings as teams try to retool for next season. Yet the biggest talks of all will involve every player from every team in the league. On Jan. 31, the existing collective bargaining agreement between MLS and the MLS Players Association will expire. The hope is that a new deal will be hashed out, and the two sides have actually been engaged in negotiations...

Alan Pulido hints at move to Major League Soccer

Thu, 28 Nov 2019 11:08:00 GMT

Herc Gomez says it's safe to say Alan Pulido can be hailed a success after winning the 2019 Liga MX golden boot. Liga MX 2019 Apertura top scorer Alan Pulido feels his time at Chivas is up and has admitted his next destination is likely MLS. "The reality is I'm happy, I love the team, but I feel like I've completed all the dreams I had here, I won everything I had to win and a change wouldn't be at all bad," Pulido told reporters in Guadalajara on Thursday night. Pulido, 28, started his career at Tigres and was part of the Mexico squad at the 2014 World Cup, after which he had a stint in Greece, before returning...

Black Friday soccer gifts: You won't believe what clubs are selling - Manchester United hair curlers, anyone?

Thu, 28 Nov 2019 03:58:00 GMT

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola exchanged lighthearted jabs at the Football Writers' Association awards dinner. With Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales upon us once more, you won't believe what branded merchandise soccer clubs are selling, from fire extinguishers to singing toasters ... Jump to: Arsenal | Chelsea | Liverpool | Man City | Man United | Tottenham | Atletico Madrid | Barcelona | Real Madrid | Inter Milan | Juventus | Napoli | Bayern Munich | Paris Saint-Germain | LAFC | LA Galaxy | Ajax | Anderlecht | Shakhtar Donetsk | Benfica (Prices converted to U.S. dollars and correct at time...

Ibrahimovic's Malmo statue set on fire after Hammarby deal announced

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 12:44:00 GMT

The FC guys try to wrap their head around rumours that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could head to Spurs. Craig Burley explains how Zlatan Ibrahimovic would give Jurgen Klopp something his Liverpool squad is lacking. Steve Nicol says MLS will keep thriving without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, despite his impact on the league. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's statue outside Malmo's stadium was set on fire on Wednesday in an apparent reaction to the former LA Galaxy striker becoming a part-owner of rivals Hammarby. Ibrahimovic, who sources have told ESPN FC could yet play for Hammarby, and who began his career at Malmo and is Sweden's record international goalscorer with 62 in 116 games, was honoured with a statue in October. Video on social media showed the statue being torched on Wednesday evening in Sweden, while...

Ibrahimovic becomes part owner of Swedish club Hammarby

Tue, 26 Nov 2019 11:22:57 GMT

The FC guys try to wrap their head around rumours that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could head to Spurs. Craig Burley explains how Zlatan Ibrahimovic would give Jurgen Klopp something his Liverpool squad is lacking. Steve Nicol says MLS will keep thriving without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, despite his impact on the league. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been announced as part-owner of Swedish club Hammarby, the club confirmed on Wednesday, with sources telling ESPN a playing role has not yet been ruled out. Sources told ESPN on Tuesday that Ibrahimovic was considering investing in the club and the deal has since been made official. "Hammarby is a fantastic club with passionate supporters and has great respect in both Stockholm and Sweden," Ibrahimovic said. "I have always liked the club and the fans. I am impressed...


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